Bruce W. McDole

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011

Bruce W. McDole was born in 1956 in Berkeley, Calif. He died Dec. 31, 2010 in Coldspring, Texas.

Bruce served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Wainwright. He graduated from the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle before moving to Louisiana in the late 1970s. He attended Nicholas State University while working a seven and seven offshore rotation on an oil rig. He received associate’s degrees in both petroleum technology and petroleum safety before earning a bachelor’s degree in petroleum services engineering technology in 1991. Bruce was employed by ARCO, Vastar and British Petroleum. He had a 24-hour retirement from British Petroleum before moving on to NRF Energy where Bruce worked as an Environmental Construction Specialist. Bruce had many accomplishments throughout his career and received numerous awards. He received a patent for a compost bioremediation process in 2002. His family wrote Bruce loved fast cars, fast boats, golf, landscaping, home improvement projects and Lake Livingston where he and his wife Lisa built their dream home. His family wrote he is remembered by his many friends and family members as kind, generous, fun-loving and always ready with a witty one-liner and a smile bright as sunshine.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lisa Anderson; his father Clay McDole of Douglas; his sister Annette Coyle of Douglas, nieces Sara Dallas, Katie Coyle and Meaghan Coyle of Juneau and niece Jessica Lawson of Seattle.

A celebration of life was held at Rosewood Memorial in Porter, Texas. An article about Bruce was published in Lake Livingston’s “The Dam Good Times” which can be accessed at

Donaations may be sent to the Cape Area Volunteer Fire Department, Box 1608, Coldspring, Texas 77331.

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